Thursday, September 22, 2011

Obama & Solyndra: MAKIN' IT RAIN - Can the LDS religion be considered a cult? Yup -A Frivolously Destructive Presidency - Obama Can't Trade Places- How To Spot A Liar In 3 Easy Steps -How Warren Buffett’s tax story is completely bogus.-Kindergartener brings crack pipe, meth for show-and-tell

Can the LDS religion be considered a cult? 

In 1820, during the second Great Awakening of religious revival, a young man named Joseph Smith claimed to see God in a grove in New York. This claim started one of the most controversial religions in recorded human history, including, at various times, polygamy and racism; and many assert today that sexism is still inherent in the religion. In this article, the LDS, or Mormon, belief system will be called a church or religion for clarity's sake.

Whether these things are right, wrong or even true is a topic of endless debate. Today, however, I want to address a very different, and yet, still a very complicated question: Is the LDS church a cult? Of course, to an extent, the answer depends on who you ask and what your definition of a cult is.

A cult, in modern usage, usually tends to be a pejorative term and refers to a religious practice that is particularly bizarre. The Oxford English Dictionary has several descriptions of cult, which range from "A system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object," to "a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister."

Whether these descriptions are accurate, however, could also depend on the location of the cult, or religion, in question. In Utah, the LDS church is an innate part of the culture, almost obnoxiously so. Driving down a street in some areas, one can witness chapels across the street from each other, one kitty-corner from those and, nearby, a row of chapels back to back. Therefore, the LDS church is not viewed as a cult by most Utahns because of its predominance and its widely accepted system of belief.
However, outside of Utah there exists a very different view. Let's take a look at some things that separate bonafide religions from cults and make a decision based on that information.

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Obama Creates Chicago Solution to Chicago Problem at Solyndra

Stimulus could haunt Sheriff Biden - The Hill
“Sheriff” Joe Biden’s remarks could come back to haunt him when it comes to Solyndra, the solar company that went bankrupt after winning a $535 million loan guarantee from 2009’s economic stimulus package. President Obama named his vice president the sheriff of the stimulus, and Biden’s duties were to ensure that no money was wasted in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Biden, a key figure in any White House negotiation with leaders on Capitol Hill, has boasted of his success in limiting fraud and waste in the stimulus.
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Obama and Solyndra: MAKIN' IT RAIN 


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A Frivolously Destructive Presidency - The American Spectator

Obama's presidency lurches from fad to fad -- from gays in the military to "green jobs" to the "Buffett rule." Hyped as a profound presidency, it has turned out to be an embarrassingly frivolous one. Sober historians of the future, not cowed by political correctness, will no doubt look back and say that Obama fiddled while America burned, indulging his sophomoric socialism, environmentalism, and social engineering at a time of terrorism and economic crisis. The weighty and thoughtful orator of Democratic mythology looks more like a glib used car salesman, and in his case most of the used cars are electric. It is fitting that his hawking of cheap environmentalist propaganda would lead him into the first major scandal of his presidency. The Solyndra debacle is exactly what one would expect from an administration determined to push the politics of environmentalist conjecture at the expense of the American taxpayer and economy.
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Obama Can't Trade Places - The American Spectator

The costs of being willfully clueless about the private sector.
To understand how President Obama views successful people, I think you have to go back and watch that 1983 Eddie Murphy/Dan Aykroyd movie, Trading Places, one of the first of a now endless series of switcheroo stories where two people exchange lives. Aykroyd is a stolid commodities broker getting rich just by being white and going to work every day dressed in a suit. Murphy is a wily homeless beggar who possesses none of the advantages of the ruling class but has street smarts.
A couple of eccentric Philadelphia millionaires see them bump into each other on the sidewalk and make a bet that if only a few things were different, each would end up in the other's clothes. You can guess the rest. The interesting thing is the way the movie ends. Murphy finally finds his place on the trading floor. He stands there taking bids and, presumably, making money hand over fist. Hey, this is easy! One bid here, another bid there. Wow, there's nothing to this! He's on his way to being rich, end of story. Of course the moral lesson is clear -- only racial prejudice, discrimination, class divisions, and "the system" separate the rich from the poor. Just rearrange the furniture and the rich would be poor and the poor rich.
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His Biggest Big Lies - The American Spectator
Good morning, suckers: President Obama is playing you.
If you work hard, play by the rules, save your money, create jobs, and make a success out of yourself, President Obama and the Democrat party will plunder everything you have worked so hard for, because in their view that is only fair. That is the meaning of the policies President Obama is espousing as he campaigns for re-election around the country this week. As Mark Steyn has explained, there is no bill yet that the President is demanding Congress pass, it won't create any jobs, and there is no money to pay for it. It is just a traveling road show, and we need to start to hold accountable our relatives, friends and neighbors who would fall for it, and thereby darkly threaten the entire future of America.
How To Spot A Liar In 3 Easy Steps 

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More stuff I checked out via Boortz

Almost two weeks after Obama spoke on jobs before a joint session of Congress, and demanded that Congress “pass this bill,” the Senate has done precious little to move forward on the demand.  And no, you can’t blame that on Republicans.

An analysis released by Gallup suggests that the national unemployment rate for September will remain unchanged from August's rate of 9.1% or increase to 9.2%.

The Cato Institute breaks it down, showing how Warren Buffett’s tax story is completely bogus.

Warren Buffett will hit the fundraising circuit in New York and Chicago for none other than Barack Obama.

Independents overwhelmingly oppose Barack Obama’s newest union restoration bill.

Let’s take a look at the giant federal government budget on a household budget scale.

Victor Davis Hanson: The ObamaMedia finally conceded the Obama administration to be inexperienced and inept, but not corrupt.  Until now …

Nobody better than Newt Gingrich could explain how Barack Obama rewrites the past to credit big
government rather than American exceptionalism.

Democrats, it is time to choose: the EPA or jobs.  Take your pick.


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Kindergartener brings crack pipe, meth for show-and-tell
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A kindergartener in rural Sweet Springs, Missouri, brought a bag of crystal meth and a crack pipe to school for show-and-tell, but an alert teacher kept the boy from sharing his treasure with others at the school, an official said on Tuesday. "He was very excited when he got to school," Superintendent Donna Wright said of the September 6 incident. "But I don't think he knew what he had." A teacher recognized the drugs and pipe and police were called to the elementary school. "It didn't ever get into the classroom," Wright added. "That was a first for show-and-tell in this town," Police Chief Richard Downing said. He added that the boy's mother, Michelle Cheatham, 32, was arrested later on drug charges and released on bail. "It was shocking," Wright said. "We're not experienced with dealing with this."

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